Our weekly look at what’s weird in theaters, on hot-off-the-presses DVDs, and on more distant horizons…
Trailers of new release movies are generally available at the official site links.
IN THEATERS (LIMITED RELEASE):
Hellions (2015): Pontypool) puts out a Halloween-themed horror about a pregnant girl terrorized by childlike monsters. The visuals are surreal, but general reviews were poor; we wonder why this isn’t being released closer to Halloween. Hellions official site.(
NEW ON DVD:
Angst (1983): Intense, first-person portrait of a Polish serial killer as he is released from prison and plots new crimes. This is the first time the celebrated Angst (which is often compared to Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer) has been available in Region 1. Review coming soon. Buy Angst.
The Beast [La bête] (1975): An aristocratic French woman has sex with a Beast who is stalking the countryside. Walerian Borowczyk’s surreal, explicit bestiality fantasy sure scandalized them in 1975; 40 years later, I’m still not sure if we’re ready for it. Buy The Beast [Blu-ray/DVD combo pack].
Buzzard (2014): A temp worker pulls off pathetic, miniscule scams in this slacker satire. Alexander Lowe of “We Got This Covered” says that it “finds a way to be an enjoyable movie in the weirdest way possible” and the ad copy intriguingly describes it as “Albert Camus meets Freddy Krueger.” Buy Buzzard.
Immoral Tales (1974): The title is an accurate description of Walerian Borowczyk’s anthology of strange, depraved erotic stories from history, which includes segments with blood-bathing countess Elizabeth Báthory and an orgy featuring Lucrezia Borgia and her father, the Pope. The Beast (also released this week from Arrow Video) was originally intended as a segment in Tales, but got expanded into a feature. Buy Immoral Tales [DVD/Blu-ray combo pack].
Reality (2014): Quentin Dupieux‘s latest project is about a horror film director searching for a perfect scream. Dupieux’s meta-absurdist comedies are always worth a look, and we have been anxiously await this release. Buy Reality [DVD/Blu-ray combo pack].
NEW ON BLU-RAY:
Angst (1983): See description in DVD above. Buy Angst [Blu-ray].
The Beast [La bête] (1975): See description in DVD above. A 2-format combo pack offering. Buy The Beast [Blu-ray/DVD combo pack].
Immoral Tales (1974): See description in DVD above. Buy Immoral Tales [DVD/Blu-ray combo pack].
Reality (2014): See description in DVD above. Buy Reality [DVD/Blu-ray combo pack].
FREE (LEGITIMATE RELEASE) MOVIES ON SNAGFILMS:
Andy Warhol’s Bad (1977): Snag Films is getting into the free online movie game. In addition to the usual public domain suspects, they also snagged a few more unusual titles, including this offensive 1977 black comedy (the last in a series of trashy movies with Watch Andy Warhol’s Bad on Snag Films.‘s name slapped on it) about a housewife (Carroll Baker) who runs an all-female assassin ring.
What are you looking forward to? If you have any weird movie leads that I have overlooked, feel free to leave them in the COMMENTS section.